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Unformatted text preview: The Gendered Society Kimmel The Social Construction of Gender Relations Sociologys bedrock assumption, upon which its analyses of structures and institutions rest, is that individuals shape their lives within both historical and social contexts. We respond to the world we encounter, shaping, modifying, and creating our identities through those encounters with other people and within social institutions. Biology alone doesnt determine our development as we might have thought. We need to interact, to be socialized, to be part of society. It is that interaction, not our bodies, that makes us who we are. Our gender identities are both voluntary, we choose to become who we are and coerced, we are pressured, forced sanctioned, and often physically beaten into submission to some rules Biology provides the raw materials, whereas society and history provide the context, the instruction manual, that we follow to construct our identities. The idea of role has the curious effect of actually minimizing the importance of gender Role theory uses drama as a metaphor, we learn our roles through socialization and then perform them for others To make gender a role like any other role is to diminish its power in structuring our lives If the meanings of masculinity and femininity vary across cultures, over historical time,...
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 3216 taught by Professor Amypalmer during the Fall '11 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.
- Fall '11